Arsenal proved, once again, that North London is red as they smashed Tottenham 3-1 less than a week after the women’s team put four past Spurs women, and the result shows in the player ratings.

Arsenal's Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus (R) celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium in London on October 1, 2022. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus (R) celebrates scoring his team’s second goal during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium in London on October 1, 2022. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Everybody loves a nutmeg when it’s not against your team and what’s better than a defender nutmegging a Spurs player in the Spurs box?

While the goals will get all the attention, I didn’t want this lovely moment to be lost amongst the happiness:

Saliba finished the game with a rating of 8.1 after 79 touches, three clearances, one headed clearance, and 11 recoveries. He also won four out of his six ground duels as he continues to impress in a league he’s only just arrived in.

No other player has made more recoveries in the Premier League this season than Saliba (71).

In fact, the 21-year-old looks like he’s been playing Premier League football for a decade, such is the confidence and calmness he plays with.

Not one Arsenal player rated lower than 7.1, and that was Aaron Ramsdale who had little to do.

In contrast, 7.1 was the highest score given to any Spurs player and Harry Kane only got that because he scored another penalty.

Arsenal vs Tottenham player ratings via Fotmob]
Arsenal vs Tottenham player ratings [via Fotmob]
Arsenal dominated this game from the first minute to the last, except for that wobbly bit after we conceded the penalty.

22 Arsenal shots to their seven, 566 passes to their 305, 364 of which were in their half whereas only79 of theirs were in the Arsenal have. A 90% pass success rate to Spurs’ 78% also told its own tale.

Spurs were outplayed and outclassed, and the red card changed little.

A tip for Antonio Conte who says the red card ‘changed the game’ – that’s on your player for not going for the ball and trying to injure the man.

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